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Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters issue 1, from 1987

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters issue 1, from 1987

If you were collecting comics immediately post Crisis (and if you’re on this site, you probably were), you remember it well: DC systematically rebooting virtually all of its A-listers AND many of its B-Listers, from 1986 to 1990. The DC reboots / relaunches are what really defined the company during the Copper Age of Comics.

Easily a key series of the era, was Mike Grell’s Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters. Beautifully written, illustrated / colored, it was DC’s second major mini-series in its “prestige format,” the first being Dark Knight.

The series’ reception, per Wikipedia:

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters was nominated for a 1988 Eisner Award for Best Finite Series.

The series proved popular enough that DC Comics commissioned the first ever Green Arrow ongoing series, also written by Grell. The series ran for 11 years. Grell also wrote the official Post-Crisis origin of Green Arrow in Green Arrow: The Wonder Year.

From a collecting standpoint, Longbow Hunters was a hot back issue series for a few years; at its peak of demand, issue 1 hit the $12 to $15 range, and issues 2 and 3 fetched from $5 to $8 each. Oh, and just FYI, the series’ original cover price was at $2.95. In prestige (bookshelf) format. Hey, it was 1987!

More info / resources:

We previously posted DC’s original house ad for the series, right HERE.

The guys over at the Comic Book Page podcast did a great back issue spotlight on Longbow Hunters, that’s archived for your listening pleasure right HERE.

Looking to read the series / add it to your collection? We highly recommend you hit your local comic shop, as back issues of it can be scooped up inexpensively; $2 to $3 each, including the first issue. If you prefer a collected edition, please check out the Copper Age Comics aStore!

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